If you are new to making invitations and greeting cards, it may seem daunting at first. However, if you have decided to take up card making, it really is a great hobby.
You can start by making do it yourself invitations that are as simple or as elaborate as you wish. You will be suprised at the fantasic results you can achieve with little effort. Whether you are making invitations for a wedding, party invitations, christmas cards, birthday invitations or thank you cards, using your creativity and fantastic stamping techniques, embellishments and creative paper will produce stunning effects in no time at all.
There are many different pre-cut cards available in a wide range of shapes, colours and sizes. Alternatively you may decide to buy card and cut the card or invitation yourself. However, seeing as cutting them to size yourself really is a lot of work I personally think that buying pre-cut cards is easier when making invitations in a large quantity.
You don't need to spend tons of money on books for inspiration. Take a look around you, in your home or ouside and be inspired by nature, the elements, shapes, colours, flowers etc. Feel free to browse my website and let your creative juices flow.
To start off with, choose a technique that you would like to try. If you are new to making invitations and cards, first try something simple like using peel-off-stickers. Simply remove the sticker from the sheet by gently lifting off one edge with your fingers and then remove it with a pair of tweezers. This ensures that the sticker is not twisted and stretched.
You can then place the sticker on the front of the card blank and colour it in using pencils, paint or craft chalk. You may like to handwrite a greeting on the front or use a peel-off greeting. Take a look here for more detailed information on
You may have already tried rubber stamping. There are many types of stamps available now.
Rubber stamping is great for beginners. It is very easy to learn and eventually you will build up to more complicated teqniques using just the basic materials. All you need is a rubber stampa and an ink pad to get started.
You can use rubber stamps on many surfaces, paper and card being the most traditional ones. However, you can also stamp on vellum, acetate and chipboard. Just be sure to use a waterproof permanent ink to prevent any smudging.
You will achieve better results if you take the ink to the pad rather than pressed the stamp into the ink pad. Only apply the ink to the raised areas of the stamp. This will ensure a clean crisp image when stamped. Once you have applied the ink lay the stamp flat to the surface you wish to stamp onto. Apply gentle pressure to the stamp and then lift off to reveal the image.
You can either stamp the design directly onto the card or onto a piece or card, cut to shape and then glue to the front of the card or use 3D foam pads. An idea is to stamp the design in black and then colour it in using watercolour paints, craft chalks or pencils. Make sure that you use a waterproof ink if you are colouring it in with watercolour paints.
I will be adding more techniques to this page so make sure you come back for another look.
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